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Civil Disobedience

The first recorded instance of civil disobedience is the story of Shifra and Puah, defying Pharaoh

The White Lie

Truthfulness is a fundamental value in Jewish yet truth isn't its highest value. Peace is. Why so?

Generations Forget And Remember

Jacob’s blessing of Ephraim over Manasseh had nothing to do with age and everything to do with names

A Tale Of Two Women

Tamar’s conduct bears an uncanny resemblance to Ruth's; virtuous outsiders at the margins of society

Jacob’s Destiny, Israel’s Name

A Jew is an iconoclast, born to challenge the idols of the age,whatever the idols, whatever the age.

When The “I” Is Silent

Simply too many cases of prayers being answered to deny it makes a difference to our fate. It does.

The Other Face Of Esau

When Jacob was chosen, Esau was not rejected; G-d does not reject.

On Judaism And Islam

Between Judaism and Islam there can be friendship and mutual respect as Abraham loved both his sons.

Babel, Then And Now

The Babel story is the 2nd in a 4-act drama that's unmistakably a connecting thread of Bereishit

The Need For The Beginning

The emphasis on choice, freedom and responsibility is a most distinctive features of Jewish thought.

The Uniqueness Of Sukkot

Sukkot's duality is that it's the most universalistic and the most particularistic of all festivals

The Cry On Yom Kippur

When we cry from the heart, someone listens; When we cry on Yom Kippur, God hears us.

The Virtues Of Judaism

Who am I? What are the most important things in my life? What do I want to be remembered for? If, as a purely...

The Fourteenth Principle

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2x7) was his favored organizing principle.

A Nation Of Storytellers

Torah isn't a theological treatise or a metaphysical system but a series of stories linked over time

Against Hate

We believe that God created each of us, regardless of color, class, culture or creed, in His image.

Pursuing Justice

Judaism is a religion of love but also a religion of justice, for without justice, love corrupts.

Defining Reality

Culture is not nature. There are causes in nature, but only in culture are there meanings.

First, You Must Listen

Blind obedience is not a virtue in Judaism. God wants us to understand the laws He has commanded us

The Fewest Of All Peoples

Israel shows the world that a people does not have to be large in order to be great.

Moses: Leading And Teaching

When someone exercises power over us, they diminish us; when someone teaches us, they help us grow.

Leadership In Time Of Crisis

Ours is a small and intensely vulnerable people. Inspired, we rise to greatness. Uninspired, we fall

Prescriptions For Conflict Resolution

The negotiation between Moses and the tribes of Reuven and Gad is a model of conflict resolution.

‘Be Not Afraid Of Greatness’

God’s “name” is therefore His standing in the world. Do people acknowledge Him, respect Him, honor Him?

Followership

The very act of learning in rabbinic Judaism is conceived as active debate, a kind of gladiatorial contest of the mind.

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